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Stella Artois World's Fare (July 2 to 4)
A global feast of musical, culinary and performing arts

Toronto, June 16, 2004 - Harbourfront Centre presents the third annual edition of Stella Artois World's Fare from July 2 to 4 offering up a global feast of music, food, dance, film, and visual arts. This year's multi-faceted festival adds some eclectic flavour by featuring Eastern European culture throughout the weekend.

FESTIVAL Highlights

Visitors can satisfy their musical cravings with artists from all corners of the world including Toronto debut performances from
Grammy award winning David Murray and the Gwo-Ka Masters, the energetic Warsaw Village Band, Budapest wild cards Besh o droM and the genre-bending New York City string group Nurse Kaya.  Canadian artists Tandava (Vancouver), Celso Machado (Vancouver), Zeelia (Winnipeg) and violinist Vasyl Popadiuk (Toronto) make their Harbourfront Centre debuts. Sufi Sensations Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali presented by Knorr Basmati Rice return to Harbourfront Centre for another spiritual performance.

Dance choreographers Allen Kaeja, Julia Aplin and Marlee Cargill showcase three new works at Harbourfront Centre. The Wonderful World of Circus features a vibrant acrobatic show with former members of the Moscow Circus and Cirque du Soleil in their Toronto debut. As part of the Eastern European theme, the Desna Ukrainian Dance Company takes the stage in their Harbourfront Centre premiere. Food sampling is also on the weekend menu with the Fusion Feats and Spice Rack demonstrations.


MUSIC highlights

Friday July 2
- Toronto Juno award-winning Ghazal vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia takes to the CIBC stage at 8 p.m. followed by the Toronto debut of Budapest Gypsy Jazz Folk 10 member World music ensemble Besh o Drum at 9:30 p.m.

Brazilian-Toronto group D'Aldeia winds its way into Late Night NOW (presented by Blue Light) at 11 p.m.    Also at 11 p.m., audiences can enjoy the Toronto debut of string musicians Nurse Kaya. These six New York City musicians impressively blend forms of classical, folk, jazz and rock to create a highly original melée of structured improvisation.

Saturday July 3 - Vancouver band Tandava makes their Harbourfront Centre debut on the CIBC Stage at 2 p.m. The group fuses folk and classical music from India and Bangladesh with influences from China, the Middle-East, Africa and the West. The Bloor West Ukrainian Festival takes over at 4:30 p.m. and features dance from Desna Ukrainian Dance Company, a capella vocal ensemble Metelysia and Michael Kostowsyi on the Ukraine's national instrument- the bandura.

Two internationally acclaimed World music groups light up the CIBC Stage in the evening. At 8 p.m., David Murray and the Gwo-Ka Masters showcasing Murray's persistant perfectionism on the tenor sax. Since moving to Paris, Murray has rediscovered African music through close collaborations with the Gwo-Ka Masters from Guadeleupe. At 9:30 p.m., Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali presented by Knorr Basmati Rice, a powerful 10-member group led by Rizwan and Muazzam Ali Khan, nephews of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, redefine devotional Sufi music, following in the footsteps of their uncle. Though quite young, both embrace and refine a 500 year-old legacy of intensely spiritual music.

Brazil/Vancouver native Celso Machado starts up Late Night Now in the Brigantine Room at 11 p.m. with an intimate solo showcase of his rich guitar, percussion and vocal talents. Also at 11 p.m. in the Lakeside Terrace, the world premier of Toronto World music ensemble Autorickshaw's newly-composed suite Trivandrum Mail mixes the group's funky and contemporary Indian Classical lexicon and infuses it with Bollywood tinged Jazz elements. This piece was commissioned by Harbourfront Centre and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Sunday July 4 - This day highlights the exciting musical fusions now happening in Eastern Europe. Poland's Warsaw Village Band inject the village songs and dances of their country with booming drums and cymbals, exuberant rhythms and brash female vocals during their Toronto debut at 4:30 p.m. Winnipeg-based slavic singers Zeellia and at (1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.) Ukraine-Toronto violinist Vasyl Popadiuk will also perform.

Dance highlights:

The weekend involves visitors in  two interactive all-site dances. On July 2 at 7:30 p.m., Nouvel Exposé Dance invites audiences to join in and learn Ethiopian movements. Throughout the festival, audiences are invited to 'dine with dance' in Movement with Bite - a choreography around the theme of Dining In and Dining Out.

Choreographer Marlee Cargill plays with the notion of social dining etiquette gone wrong using physical theatre and dance to present Weeded on July 2 at 9 p.m. and on July 3 at 2:30 p.m.  Exploring similarities between Northern Indian Khatak dancing and the passionate dancing of Spain, Bageshree Vaze and Liliana D'Irrisari offer engaging fusion choreography, with their Khatak and Flamenco Duet at 3 p.m. on July 3. At 3:30 p.m., The Desna Ukrainian Dance Company performs a repertoire of folk, classical and character dance in their Harbourfront Centre premiere.

Nice Cuppa Tea explores the delight and charm of English teatime on July 3 at 1:30 p.m. and at 5 p.m.. Led by Choreographer Julia Aplin, the dance is a dizzying spectacle involving five dancers, 32 cups and saucers and delicate tea pouring technique. On July 4 at 3 p.m., the eight-person Aelita International Dance Company provides high-flying Russian kicks. At 4:30 pm on July 4, the Wonderful World of Circus puts on a vibrant show with former members of the Moscow Circus and Cirque du Soleil, a children's acrobatic team, clowns, dancing dogs and more! On July 4 at 1:30 p.m. and at  5 p.m. choreographer Allen Kaeja presents his inimitable dance work Tabled Manners - which features seven dancers from Kaeja d'Dance.

Food highlights:

Themed epicurean programmes fill the weekend with imaginative approaches to food. The Fusion Feats series  runs July 3rd  and  4th at 2 p.m daily and offers free cooking classes for 25 participants in the Brigantine Room. Three George Brown College chef instructors indulge the senses with a Hungarian themed Crepes Fusion cooking class,  a California Fusion cooking class, and a Hands-On Sushi Fusion with Eastern European Ingredients cooking class where participants explore the versatility of a traditional Japanese dish.  Other highlights include Chef Emmanuel Martin's  Aesthetics of Fused Asian Cuisine cooking class. The Fusion Feats program ends with a panel discussion To Fuse or not to Fuse with Christian Pritchard of Bistrolicious Catering, Elizabeth Baird from Canadian Living Magazine, Executive Chef Bruce Hanna of the Mizzen restaurant at the Westin Harbour Castle, George Brown sushi master David K. Chung, Royal York hotel sommelier John Randle and food enthusiast Jayshree Khimasia.

Chefs use savory spices to enhance their culinary creations at The Spice Rack series on July 3 and 4 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Each demonstration is accompanied by live musicians and presents dishes from five continents. The program includes Chef Jeffrey Brothers from Two Rosehill, courtesy of The Liberty Group, plating food from Australia and New Zealand. Chef Amadou Seck prepares African CuisineChef Tony Sabnerwal dishes up a a Knorr Basmati Rice Medley while Elizabeth Baird presents Canadian cuisine with Spicing Up Canadian Cuisine- Bite into A Jamaican Contribution! Within Mediterranean Morsels, chef Bruce Hanna explores seafood. Chef Mark Kaplin concocts Epicurean Delights from Eastern Europe.

On July 4 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. visitors can enjoy Eastern Europe's staple comfort food with Borchst, Borchst and more Borscht!! tastings. Whether stewed or pureed, with cabbage or beets, this hearty soup is central to most Eastern European countries and each delights in their own version of the meal. Throughout the entire weekend, food vendors serve succulent styles from around the world at the World Café.

Film, Theatre and Visual Arts Highlights:

Film - The Reel World Film Festival teams up with Harbourfront Centre to present a programme of films titled Cultures Colliding: Proceed with Caution! Exploring the idea of the inevitability of cultures crossing paths, ReelWorld presents four free premiere screenings in the Studio Theatre. On July 2nd at 8 p.m. American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i introduces us to the history and misconceptions of the Hawaiian hula dance. On July 3 at 5 p.m. the documentary One of Many tells the story of residential schooling in Canada. At 8 p.m. the film Black and White tells the story of a pair of "legal giant slayers" who helped liberalize Australia by bringing racial injustice to the forefront.  The screenings end with a program of shorts called Introspective on Sunday July 4.

Theatre - The Gorgonetrevich Corps de Ballet Nationale premieres Bethany's Gate; a humourous ballet-within-a-play that integrates clowning, music and dance on July 3 at 6:30 p.m. on the Toronto Star Stage and on July 4 at 5 p.m. in the Studio Theatre.

Visual Arts - Curator Olinda Fernandes uncovers the story of the spice wars among the continents and the resulting discovery and conquering of lands, in the visual historic installation Spice Island in the Marilyn Brewer Community Gallery. Children can get inspired by the themes of this exhibit in the Kids tent on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with arts and crafts galore.

Throughout all of Harbourfront Centre Summer programming, the concept of cultural collisions is explored. Visitors are encouraged to think about how cultures adapt and meld traditions, languages, spiritual practices, food and music to create new forms of communication and ways of living.

All events take place at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto located at 235 Queen's Quay West. For more information the public can call 416 973- 4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Attention Media:  More events to be announced as well as individual festival releases

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Complete Listings by discipline:
Stella Artois World’s Fare: A Global Feast - July 2 to July 4


Toronto Debuts:
Music - July 2 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Besh o droM (Budapest, Hungary)
Music - July 2 (11 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace) - Nurse Kaya (New York City)
Music - July 3 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - David Murray & The Gwo-Ka Masters (Paris)
Music - July 4 (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Warsaw Village Band (Poland)

Harbourfront Centre Debuts:
Visual Arts - July 2 (6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Marilyn Brewer) Spice Island Installation
Dance - July 2 (7:30 p.m. CIBC Stage) - Nouvel Exposé Dance
Music - July 2 (8 p.m. CIBC Stage) - Kiran Ahluwalia
Film - July 2 (8 p.m. Studio Theatre) - ReelWorld Film Festival presents American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai’i
Dance - July 2 (9 p.m. Toronto Star Stage) - Weeded
Music - July 2 (11 p.m. Brigantine Room) - D’Aldeia
Food - July 3 (1 p.m. Lakeside Terrace) - Spice Rack food demo: Australia and New Zealand
Dance - July 3 (1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Ann Tindal Lawn) - Nice Cuppa Tea
Music - July 3 (2 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Tandava (Vancouver)
Food - July 3 (2 p.m. Brigantine Room) Fusion Feats Food Demo: Crepes Fusion!
Dance - July 3 (2:30 p.m. CIBC Stage) - Bageshree Vaze
Dance -  July 3 (2:30 p.m. Power Plant Walkway) - Weeded
Dance - July 3 (3 p.m. CIBC Stage) - Khatak and Flamenco Duet
Food - July 3 (3 p.m. Lakeside Terrace) - Spice Rack food demo: African Cuisine
Dance - July 3 (3:30 p.m. CIBC Stage) - Desna Ukrainian Dance Company
Food - July 3 (4 p.m. Brigantine Room) Fusion Feats Food Demo: California Fusion Cooking Class
Music/Dance - July 3 (4:30 p.m. Toronto Star Stage) Bloor West Ukrainian Festival
Film - July 3 (5 p.m. Studio Theatre) - ReelWorld Film Festival presents One of Many
Visual Arts - July 3 (6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Marilyn Brewer) Spice Island Installation
Theatre - July 3 (6:30 p.m. - Studio Theatre) Gorgonetrevich Corps de Ballet Nationale presents Bethany's Gate
Film - July 3 (8 p.m. Studio Theatre) -  ReelWorld Film Festival presents Black and White
Music - July 3 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali (Pakistan)  presented by Knorr Basmati Rice
Music - July 3 (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room) - Celso Machado (Vancouver)
Music - July 3 (11 p.m. Lakeside Terrace) - Autorickshaw (Toronto)
Music - July 4 (1 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Zeellia (Winnipeg)
Food - July 4 (1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Brigantine Tent) - Borscht, Borscht and More Borscht!
Food - July 4 (1 p.m. Lakeside Terrace) Spice Rack food demo: Spicing Up Canadian Cuisine
Film - July 4 (2 p.m. Studio Theatre) - ReelWorld Film Festival presents a program of Short Films:  Introspective
Food - July 4 (2 p.m. Brigantine Room) - Fusion Feats food demo: Aesthetics of Fused Asian Cuisine
Dance - July 4 (2 p.m. and 5 p.m.) Tabled Manners
Food - July 4 (3 p.m. Lakeside Terrace) Spice Rack food demo: Mediterranean Morsels
Dance - July 4 (3 p.m. Pond Walkway) - Aelita International Dance Company
Food - July 4 (4 p.m. Brigantine Room) - Fusion Feats food demo: Hands-On Sushi Fusion with Eastern European Ingredients
Dance - July 4 (4:30 CIBC Stage) - Wonderful World of Circus
Dance - July 4 (4:30 p.m. CIBC Stage) - All-site Interactive Dance - Movement With Bite!
Dance - July 4 (4:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) Wonderful World of Circus
feat. former members of Moscow Circus & Cirque du Soleil

Food - July 4 (5 p.m. Lakeside Terrace) Spice Rack food demo: Epicurean Delights from Eastern Europe
Theatre - July 4 (5 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) Gorgonetrevich Corps de Ballet Nationale presents Bethany's Gate
Food - July 4 (5:30 p.m. Brigantine Room) - Fusion Feats panel discussion: To Fuse or Not to Fuse
Music - July 4 (6 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)- Vasyl Popadiuk (Toronto)
Visual Arts - July 4 (6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Marilyn Brewer) Spice Island Installation

Media Contacts:

Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4397, rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com

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